Are you an international student studying in North America? Are you interested in finding work or possibly even building your future career within the US or Canada? If so, there are many things you can do while studying to improve your chances of finding work. Check out the Quick Guide here.
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For Ashley, studying in Spain was about more than school and language learning – it was about engaging completely with a foreign culture, opening herself up to as many new experiences as possible and overcoming the challenges associated with being far from home. Ashley’s story discusses how she dealt with culture shock and made her study abroad experience a success. Read more in the Stories from Abroad section. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
The thought of hopping on a plane to help the sick and needy is thrilling and inspiring. But, working internationally in the health care field is not quite as simple as that. Read this section to get a sense of what your options are.Top Tips Health is a growth industry: Developing nations are in constant need of certified medical professionals to fight famine and disease. Hospitals, companies, NGOs and IGOs are just some of the employers generally in need of qualified professionals. Understand why you want to go abroad: Are you going because of your desire to participate in... Read the full article
Paméla's experience in the hospitality industry (combined with her love of travel and her willingness to be flexible) landed her a long-term work placement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, she built her cross-cultural skills and boosted her employer's business. Check out her story here.
In this age of email and texting, getting on the phone or making personal contact with a potential employer can make a big impact. When making contact, though, how you conduct yourself over the phone is important. Learn how your phone manner has a direct effect on your potential employer’s perception of you as a person and a professional. Knowing when and why to make phone contact in crucial, as is knowing the right questions to ask and things to say. Many of these tips can also be applied to online correspondence as well. The tips below are drawn from the Contacting Employers Directly... Read the full article
Boosting the career potential of your time abroad is all about perspective and confidence. Being bold, curious and prepared to grab hold of any opportunity that presents itself is what will set you apart from the crows. You’re already abroad! What better time to build connections, strengthen professional networks and meet face-to-face with potential future employers? Job Hunting During Your International Internship will inspire you to get clear about your goals, maintain focus and make constant progress while abroad.
Do you recognize Lindsey's face from the MyWorldBlog? If you do, it's because she's done some serious traveling -- and continues to plan international adventures. This time, she reported to us about her time as an English teacher in Georgia.
Read more in the Stories from Abroad section. Been abroad? Tell us about it!
It’s easy to assume that your own culture is “right” or “better” than others. But when you're traveling abroad or trying to develop your International IQ, it's important to see your North American traits objectively. The North American Identity section in the main MyWorldAbroad site (for registered users) describes some of the most common North American traits, both inside and outside the workplace. Here are a few of the top tips from the section:Top Tips You have cultural baggage! You may not even be aware of it, but when you travel abroad, you take with you your standards, customs... Read the full article
Bushra's story offers a great example of a student who makes the most of her trips abroad, viewing the excursions as learning experiences, but also as tools for self-reflection and self-assessment. Her story of a short-term volunteer trip to Guatemala highlights the important realizations that become possible when a student rises to the challenge of going abroad. Check out Bushra's story here.
As someone who has never traveled abroad, how can you compete with hundreds (or possibly thousands) of other university students to land an international internship? The answer lies in having relevant home-country experience, a high International IQ and in being able to sell your skills in the right way. Don’t let a seeming lack of experience stop you from applying for your dream position. The How To Apply For An International Internship Quick Guide will help you build an approach and, most importantly, build confidence in your abilities. Check it out now.